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Ryan Kennedy's final NHL draft rankings – The 120

Our prospect expert forecasts the top 120 selections for the draft this weekend in Florida. We know Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel will be up top, but how will the drama unfold after that?
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We're finally there, folks. It has actually been more than a year of anticipation for the 2015 draft, since the Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel Show began before the 2014 selections were even made.

We know Edmonton and Buffalo will be happy. And I'm pretty sure I know what Arizona is going to do with the third selection, but that's the drama of the draft: you're never 100 percent certain until the name is called out.

What lies below is the culmination of a season's work. This list reflects what I believe will happen in the draft, but since trades tend to wreck order pretty quickly, I hesitate to call it a "mock draft." This is not a statement on which players I believe will be the best NHLers.

The order is determined by conversations I've had with scouts around the NHL (some of whom vetted incarnations of the list), plus trends that have emerged in recent years. This is how I see the first four rounds unfolding, but since there's also a compensatory pick in the second round (Chicago, for Kevin Hayes not signing), let's make No. 121 Troy Terry, the U.S. NTDP center.

Here we go:

1. Connor McDavid, C – Erie Otters (OHL)

2. Jack Eichel, C – Boston University Terriers (Hockey East)

3. Dylan Strome, C – Erie Otters (OHL)

4. Noah Hanifin, D – Boston College Eagles (Hockey East)

5. Ivan Provorov, D – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

6. Mitch Marner, RW – London Knights (OHL)

7. Lawson Crouse, LW – Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)

8. Pavel Zacha, C – Sarnia Sting (OHL)

9. Zach Werenski, D – University of Michigan Wolverines (Big Ten)

10. Mathew Barzal, C – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

11. Kyle Connor, C – Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

12. Mikko Rantanen, C – TPS Turku (Fin.)

13. Timo Meier, RW – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

14. Jakub Zboril, D – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

15. Evgeny Svechnikov, LW – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

16. Travis Konecny, C – Ottawa 67′s (OHL)

17. Colin White, C – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

18. Nick Merkley, C – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)

19. Brock Boeser, RW – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

20. Thomas Chabot, D – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

21. Paul Bittner, LW – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

22. Jansen Harkins, C – Prince George Cougars (WHL)

23. Daniel Sprong, RW – Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

24. Jeremy Roy, D – Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)

25. Joel Eriksson Ek, C – Farjestad (Swe.)

26. Gabriel Carlsson, D – Linkoping (Swe.)

27. Nicolas Roy, C – Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

28. Oliver Kylington, D – AIK (Swe.)

29. Jake DeBrusk, LW – Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

30. Filip Chlapik, C – Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)

31. Brandon Carlo, D – Tri-City Americans (WHL)

32. Ilya Samsonov, G – Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)

33. Jacob Larsson, D – Frolunda Indians (Swe.)

34. Noah Juulsen, D – Everett Silvertips (WHL)

35. Jack Roslovic, RW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

36. Vince Dunn, D – Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

37. Mitchell Stephens, C – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

38. Mackenzie Blackwood, G – Barrie Colts (OHL)

39. Yakov Trenin, LW – Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)

40. Daniel Vladar, G – Kladno (Cze.)

41. Samuel Montembeault, G – Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

42. Erik Foley, LW – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)

43. Tom Novak, C – Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)

44. Denis Guryanov, RW – Lada Togliatti (KHL)

45. Rasmus Andersson, D – Barrie Colts (OHL)

46. Dennis Yan, LW – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

47. Nikita Korostelev, RW – Sarnia Sting (OHL)

48. Mitch Vande Sompel, D – Oshawa Generals (OHL)

49. Anthony Beauvillier, C – Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)

50. Parker Wotherspoon, D – Tri-City Americans (WHL)

51. Jordan Greenway, LW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

52. Glenn Gawdin, C – Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

53. Jens Looke, LW – Brynas (Swe.)

54. Zach Senyshyn, RW – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

55. Nicolas Meloche, D – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

56. Adin Hill, G – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

57. Travis Dermott, D – Erie Otters (OHL)

58. Ryan Gropp, LW – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

59. Roope Hintz, LW – Ilves (Fin.)

60. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C – Omaha Lancers (USHL)

61. Alexander Dergachev, RW – SKA-1946 (Rus.)

62. Austin Wagner, LW – Regina Pats (WHL)

63. Christian Fischer, RW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

64. A.J. Greer, RW – Boston University Terriers (Hockey East)

65. Matej Tomek, G – Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL)

66. Jonas Siegenthaler, D – ZSC Lions (Swi.)

67. Ethan Bear, D – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

68. Guillaume Brisebois, D – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)

69. Jeremy Lauzon, D – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

70. Callum Booth, G – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

71. Anthony Cirelli, C – Oshawa Generals (OHL)

72. David Kase, C – Chomutov (Cze.)

73. Julius Nattinen, C – JYP (Fin.)

74. Graham Knott, LW – Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

75. Jeremy Bracco, RW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

76. Brendan Guhle, D – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

77. Adam Musil, C – Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

78. J-C Beaudin, RW – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)

79. Casey Fitzgerald, D – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

80. Brett MacKenzie, C – North Bay Battalion (OHL)

81. Matthew Spencer, D – Peterborough Petes (OHL)

82. Adam Marsh, LW – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

83. David Cotton, C – Cushing Academy (Mass. HS)

84. Radovan Bondra, LW – Kosice (Svk.)

85. Dmytro Timashov, LW – Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)

86. Chase Pearson, RW – Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

87. Brendan Warren, LW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

88. Gustav Bouramman, D – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

89. Ryan Pilon, D – Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

90. Nathan Noel, C – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

91. Robin Kovacs, RW – AIK (Swe.)

92. Caleb Jones, D – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

93. Joseph Cecconi, D – Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

94. Gabriel Gagne, RW – Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

95. Filip Ahl, LW – HV 71 (Swe.)

96. John Marino, D – South Shore Kings (USPHL)

97. Nick Boka, D – U.S. NTDP (USHL)

98. Felix Sandstrom, G – Brynas (Swe.)

99. Michael Spacek, RW – Pardubice (Cze.)

100. Dante Salituro, RW – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

101. Erik Cernak, D – Kosice (Svk.)

102. Pavel Karnaukhov, C – Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

103. Sebastian Aho, RW –Karpat Oulu (Fin.)

104. Cooper Marody, C – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)

105. Mike Robinson, G – Lawrence Academy (Mass. HS)

106. Blake Speers, RW – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

107. Will Borgen, D – Moorhead Spuds (Minn. HS)

108. Jack Sadek, D – Lakeville North Panthers (Minn. HS)

109. Dennis Gilbert, D – Chicago Steel (USHL)

110. Kyle Capobianco, D – Sudbury Wolves (OHL)

111. Keegan Kolesar, RW – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

112. Chris Martinet, D – London Knights (OHL)

113. Samuel Laberge, RW – Rimouski (QMJHL)

114. Tanner Laczynski, C – Chicago Steel (USHL)

115. Ludvig Elvenes, LW – Rogle (Swe.)

116. Tyler Soy, C – Victoria Royals (WHL)

117. Ryan Shea, D – B.C. High (Mass. HS)

118. Denis Malgin, C – Zurich Lions (Swi.)

119. Thomas Schemitsch, D – Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

120. Jake Massie, D – Kimball Union Wildcats (NH. HS)


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